BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A local group is tackling literacy and domestic violence in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Presenting Resources Effectively Applying Christlike Humbleness (PREACH) is hosting two separate events to make sure children know how to read and provide warning signs that someone is in an abusive relationship.

The Boys to Books Not Bars Reader Fest is a program designed to encourage young Black boys in pre-K to third grade to focus on reading and learning.

“Girls are natural readers quite frankly, and many young boys don’t see many men reading, and we want to change that,” said Rev. Alexis Anderson, Executive Director of PREACH.

The reading program will be at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 at the East Baton Rouge Main Library.

PREACH will also address domestic violence with hair stylists, barbers, estheticians and make-up artists. Anderson said the goal of this session is to teach professionals how to spot signs of abuse in clients.

This session is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, October 30 at Eden Park Library.